With an aim to ensure wider reach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interaction with school students on the Teachers' Day, live streaming will also be made available through web channels of Doordarshan, PMO and the HRD Ministry.
The interaction will start from 3 pm and will continue till 4.45 pm.
Modi will address about 1000 students from the Manekshaw Auditorium here which will be broadcast live by all Doordarshan channels and on radio.
The prime minister would also take questions from some students spread across the country through a video-conference facility.
Live streaming on the web would also be made available to ensure maximum 'audience'.
The web streaming will be available on www.youtube.Com/user/DDNewsofficial,
www.youtube.com/user/HRDMinistry, www.pmindiawebcast.nic.In and youtube.com/user/DoordarshanNational, said a government statement today.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani had earlier said the attendance of students to listen to and watch the PM's speech was a "voluntary" exercise, amid a row that listening to his speech was being made mandatory for the children.
Meanwhile, ministry officials held a series of meetings in the run up to the event today and made rounds of Manekshaw Auditorium to oversee arrangements for the programme.
CBSE has requested schools to make arrangements to "assemble" the children so that they may view the prime minister's address.
It said that suitable arrangements will need to be made to enable children to stay from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm in the school on September 5.
The Ministry has also asked schools in the states to prepare a student attendance report after the PM's interaction with the students is over.
Statement of concern regarding PM’s takeover of the Teacher’s Day
It is an extraordinary and unprecedented step in the history of school education in independent India. Not only does this order treat children as passive and captive elements who do not have a view of their own, it also violates the international convention of Child Rights which says that children have a right to form opinion and therefore they need to be asked whether they would like to be part of such an extra-school activity beyond their usual school hours.
The Prime Minister is taking over the day, which belongs to the teaching community and pushing them off stage. This attempt to hegemonize social spaces needs to be condemned and resisted. The Prime Minister is not the Teacher-in-Chief of the country and he should leave the children alone.
We demand that the orders issued in this regard be withdrawn immediately and the solemnity and gaity of the day be left untouched.
(Signed by 81 teachers, writers, journalists and researchers)
The PM is a good orator. It would be extremely useful to every child to listen to the PM. A great nationistic feeling will be there and every Indian child must share that.